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The Guide (2010)
Ο Ξεναγός (original title)
o xenagos (title with latin characters)
Fiction, 94 min
Production country   Greece
Language   Greek
Director   Zacharias Mavroeidis
Scriptwriter   Zacharias Mavroeidis
Producer   Zacharias Mavroeidis
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Iasonas arrives in Athens starting his new ambitious career as “architects’ guide”. His group consists of international students of architecture, finishing their Erasmus in Thessaloniki. Soon Iasonas faces the contradicting wishes of the students who prefer a day-long coffee or a visit to a graveyard than a guide to the Acropolis. Meanwhile, he meets back with his once (more than just a) best friend Mirsini. Trapped between a friend who progressively sees him less and less as a friend and a group that sees him less and less as a guide, Iasonas will have to give an answer to his own personal questions regarding his sexuality, his career and his life in general.

Director's Note
“The guide” is a comedy about a young confused Greek set in the equally confusing Greek capital. Iasonas starts off trying to show his group the best of Athens. Soon the group brings him to face the fundamental conflict of the modern Greek identity: pride for the glorious past and frustration for the chaotic present. Athens’ architecture visualizes this conflict in the most eloquent way. It’s a city globally recognized by the Acropolis, a glorious monument of the past, which is surrounded by an oriental/balkan looking modern city. Exploring the architectural identity of Athens is paralleled with the exploration of Iasonas’ identity. It’s difficult to be gay, it’s difficult to be a geek and it’s difficult to be a Greek.
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Stereo
Aspect ratio   16:9
Production format   HD
Distribution format   HD
  Production Diary  
Last Shootings - A dream come true
30 August 2011
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9 August 2011
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The Guide on European Union Film Festival 2013 Hong Kong
The Guide Official Blog (el, en)
Facebook Page of The Guide (gr)
» Transilvania IFF 2013: Greek Focus
» 2012 San Francisco Greek Film Festival
» Nominees for the Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2012
» A double bill by two independent filmmakers
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